Women in Othello

Explores the three female characters of William Shakespeare’s Othello – Desdemona, Bianca and Emilia.

Explores the characteristics of Desdemona, Bianca and Emilia and their status, roles and power within the largely male dominated society. The paper suggests that the male dominated society leads to, ultimately, all three women falling victims.
Othello by William Shakespeare is a play set in Venice at the height of it’s powers. There are three significant female characters in the play, Desdemona, Bianca, and Emilia, who are representative of the female gender. Their characters within the play are presented as being victims of their gender, and victims of the male dominated society of the time. They are seen as victims in their treatment, their status and roles and their power within society, and in the ultimate death of two of the three female characters in the play.